Feb 8, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterRiverton High School girls basketball coach Ron Porter thinks there may have been another reason there was smoke in the halls of RHS Thursday morning.
"We had a morning shoot around, and we were so hot we were scorching the nets," the coach joked.
All kidding aside, the Lady Wolverines realize how close they are to being 4-1 in conference play instead of their current record of 0-5. Riverton has lost its last three Class 4-A West matchups by three points, and the game before that against Saturday's home opponent Rock Springs by just four points.
Saturday's game against the Lady Tigers starts at at 1 p.m. in Wolverine Gym and is senior recognition day for Riverton. The Lady Wolverines will honor Annie Phister, Kaitlyn Wells, Celia Logan, Bree Olson and Amy Woodward along with senior manager Shae Lynn Oldman.
And, like the RHS boys team, the Lady Wolverines believe their flu issues are behind them. Porter expects a healthy roster for Saturday.
The Lady Wolverines will have to slow down the Class 4-A West's No. 2 and No. 3 scorers. Summer Newman averages 13.6 points per game, and teammate Mariah Smith is right behind at 12.8 points per game.
Riverton's Kiley Ridgway is fourth in conference scoring at 12.6 points per game and second in conference rebounding, pulling down nearly 10 boards per game.
Current girls Class 4-A West conference standings show Casper Natrona (5-0) on top followed by Rock Springs (4-1), Casper Kelly Walsh (3-2), Evanston (2-3), Green River (1-4) and Riverton.
The Lady Wolverines will be wearing blue uniforms to increase awareness for prostrate cancer during Saturday's contest.
Earlier this year, the Lady Tigers beat Riverton 44-40 in Rock Springs.
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